Recently, I was introduced to Abby Hanlon‘s sweet early chapter book series, Dory Fantasmagory.  I read the two books in the series and loved the charm and imaginative characters in these early chapter books (perfect for K-1 read aloud too).  I was so delighted by Hanlon (I’m a sucker for classroom teacher author/illustrators) I investigated what else had she written and/or illustrated.

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When I saw the picture book, Ralph Tells a Story, I knew it was going to be a gem.  Ralph, like Dory, has an active imagination – he just doesn’t realize it yet.  Everyone else in his class has stories to tell, so many in fact, they get to use the stapler to put them together. The STAPLER.  Ralph loves the stapler and really wants to use it, but alas, even though his teacher says, “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t seem to find one.

ralphinsideHe looks too!  He searches everywhere, but can’t seem to find his story.  Young writers, or anyone who has ever experienced writer’s block, will relate to Ralph and rejoice in his success.  Ralph Tells a Story is charming, but more importantly, it illustrates just how frustrating writing can be for our youngest learners.  Ralph will help them see the ‘stories’ in the small moments that make up our lives and keep readers laughing and inspired while doing so.